R&AW or Research and Analysis Wing of the Government of India is the most secretive intelligence department of our country. From its establishment after the wars of 1962 and 1965, the agency has worked as an Intelligence bureau for foreign and domestic matters and counter-terrorism.
1. If you don’t hear much about the agency in the news or anywhere else, it’s because these guys are really good!
2. An officer in the R&AW does not get a gun on duty.
3. The agency was created in 1968 under the leadership of Rameshwar Nath Kao, one of India’s finest spymasters.
4. It was under Kao’s leadership that India provided support to rebel forces in Bangladesh in 1971.
5. R&AW played a major role in the merger of Sikkim in India.
6. It is believed that R&AW was on a mission to change the regime in Sri Lanka during the recent elections; the mission was accomplished.
7. Keeping India’s nuclear program a top secret was R&AW’s responsibility.
8. Life of a R&AW spy has little to no similarity to the lives of spies in movies.
9. A spy’s secrets go to the grave with him; even his wife cannot know that he is or has been a R&AW agent.
10. A spotless police record is a must if a cop aspires to be in R&AW.
11. Knowing Chinese, Afghani, Pashtun, or any other obscure language gives you an edge over others.
12. Do not try to hide anything from the department. R&AW is the Big Brother in India; if you think you can outsmart them, you have another thing coming.
13. Having a good sports record will only add to your chances of getting in.
14. Be ready to prove that you can work around the clock, seven days a week, under any circumstance.
15. The training is not easy; it will test your mind, body and soul.
16. Your dream of aspiring to join R&AW has to be kept a secret.
17. Personnel with an armed forces background have the advantage of being trained for leadership skills already.
18. Remember, joining the R&AW is not a ticket to getting rich.
19. The R&AW has been getting the tail-enders from the UPSC exams in the past decade.
20. Even people from creative fields can join R&AW.
21. The R&AW in its present form has its own RAW allied services wing.
22. You could also get noticed at the NATI (National Aptitude Test in Intelligence)
23. Best way to get in is to clear the UPSC and get into IPS or IFS cadre.
24. Ajit Dovil, the present National Security Advisor to the PM, has had a decorated career in the intelligence department of the Government of India.
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